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Christchurch CBD aerial video shows little progress

Christchurch CBD aerial video shows 'little progress'

Monday, 17 August 2015 4:23 p.m. by MediaThePress

A new aerial video of central Christchurch shows parts of the city rebuild taking shape, alongside plenty of bare land awaiting development.

SCAPE 8 New Intimacies

SCAPE 8 New Intimacies

Monday, 17 August 2015 1:44 p.m. by SCAPE Christchurch Biennial Featured Popular

A Public Art Walkway to help people create new memories and re-connect with the changed Christchurch landscape; .

Failed remedial work continued

Failed remedial work continued

Sunday, 16 August 2015 9:40 p.m. by GrantShandLawyers

Stuff and the Press recently published the article here about the likely liability of Fletchers and insurers for defective earthquake remedial work.  It is unfortunate that those involved in the article did not accurately state the law.  Where an insurer chooses to do, or have paid for, remedial work under the insurance policy then it is liable for the quality of that work as if it was the builder.  There are a few Court proceedings already against insurers for defective building work.  Fletcher ...

Agony Returns – guest post by Edward

Agony Returns – guest post by Edward

Saturday, 15 August 2015 12:36 p.m. by ChristchurchFiasco Popular

As we approach the fifth anniversary of the Canterbury Earthquake Sequence, Mr Adrian Cowie’s analysis of the situation with City housing stock, as published on Stuff makes for chilling reading and at this point it behoves us to examine the …

No responsibility on Fletcher EQR for shoddy quake repairs, contract suggests

No responsibility on Fletcher EQR for shoddy quake repairs, contract suggests

Friday, 14 August 2015 6:59 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

The Earthquake Commission's (EQC) home repair programme project manager can not be held responsible for shoddy quake repairs, its contract suggests.

Shipping containers to be removed from Sumner

Shipping containers to be removed from Sumner

Friday, 14 August 2015 5:54 p.m. by MediaThePress

The removal of a line of shipping containers from a Sumner roadside is "great news" for the Christchurch suburb, the residents' association says.

Ann Brower: Fix the parapets first

Ann Brower: Fix the parapets first

Friday, 14 August 2015 12:45 p.m. by MediaStuff

It's not every day when nearly everyone agrees. In that rare event, the Government should listen.

Public Notice: Draft Lyttelton Port Recovery Plan

Public Notice: Draft Lyttelton Port Recovery Plan

Friday, 14 August 2015 11:39 a.m. by GovtCera Popular

The Minister for Canterbury Earthquake Recovery, the Hon Gerry Brownlee, has received the draft Lyttelton Port Recovery Plan from Environment Canterbury (ECan).  The preparation of a draft Lyttelton Port Recovery Plan was directed in June 2014 by the Minister under section 16 of the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Act 2011.

Gisborne shaken by earthquake

Gisborne shaken by earthquake

Friday, 14 August 2015 8:53 a.m. by GovtEQC Popular

New Sabin Holloway exhibition captures aftermath of Christchurch earthquake

New Sabin Holloway exhibition captures aftermath of Christchurch earthquake

Friday, 14 August 2015 8:22 a.m. by MediaStuff

In the immediate aftermath of the February 2011 earthquake, which killed 185 people and virtually destroyed Christchurch's central business district, the government sealed off the inner city.

EQC failed remedial work

EQC failed remedial work

Friday, 14 August 2015 12:35 a.m. by GrantShandLawyers Popular

Here is the link to the post on the EQC website about failed remedial work.  The houses the subject of the investigation will be the tip of the iceberg.  I do not recommend that homeowners rely on EQC to accurately scope and remediate the failings.  Better to engage an independent expert.

Earthquake Insurance Statistics

Earthquake Insurance Statistics

Friday, 14 August 2015 12:30 a.m. by GrantShandLawyers

Five Years On: How Insurance Claims Arising from the 2010-11 Earthquakes Have Been Dealt With New Zealand’s proximity to the geologically active Pacific Ring of Fire leads to 20,000 recorded earthquakes each year. Most earthquakes are minor but annually around 200 are strong enough to be felt. Between September 2010 and June 2011, Canterbury was hit by three major earthquakes. While such natural events are not uncommon in the country, the intensity of those earthquakes, and the fact that they oc ...

Brownlees bombshell leaves Cantabrians in the dark

Brownlee's bombshell leaves Cantabrians in the dark

Thursday, 13 August 2015 10:33 p.m. by MediaThePress

Gerry Brownlee dropped a bombshell when he announced all Earthquake Commission (EQC) foundation repairs done without a building consent would be audited and errant builders would face sanctions.

Fix the parapets first

Fix the parapets first

Thursday, 13 August 2015 5:52 p.m. by MediaStuff

It's not every day when nearly everyone agrees.  In that rare event, the Government should listen.

Feedback sought on port plan

Feedback sought on port plan

Thursday, 13 August 2015 4:49 p.m. by GovtBeehive Popular

Gerry Brownlee | Canterbury Earthquake Recovery

Feedback sought on port plan

Feedback sought on port plan

Thursday, 13 August 2015 4:39 p.m. by GovtCera Popular

Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee is inviting public comment on a draft recovery plan for the damaged Lyttelton Port and its surrounding area.

Chemical company lend hand to housing scheme

Chemical company lend hand to housing scheme

Thursday, 13 August 2015 4:04 p.m. by MediaStuff

Volunteer builders from Australia are replacing the "distant memory" of the Christchurch earthquakes with a close-up view of the recovery.

Last visit by EQC claims managers to Wanganui office

Last visit by EQC claims managers to Wanganui office

Thursday, 13 August 2015 3:58 p.m. by GovtEQC

Christchurch recovery documentary debuts tonight

Christchurch recovery documentary debuts tonight

Thursday, 13 August 2015 2:57 p.m. by MediaThePress

Future Christchurch Update - August 2015

Future Christchurch Update - August 2015

Thursday, 13 August 2015 12:44 p.m. by GovtCera Popular

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Chief Executives update - 13 August 2015

Chief Executive's update - 13 August 2015

Thursday, 13 August 2015 12:24 p.m. by GovtCera

John Ombler, Acting Chief Executive, Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority, chats to developer Antony Gough about his development in the Retail Precinct and broader progress in the city, including the Metro Sports Facility.

Chief Exectutives update - 13 August 2015

Chief Exectutive's update - 13 August 2015

Thursday, 13 August 2015 12:24 p.m. by GovtCera

John Ombler, Acting Chief Executive, Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority, chats to developer Antony Gough about his development in the Retail Precinct and broader progress in the city, including the Metro Sports Facility.

Cantabrians not amused by rebuild funny business

Cantabrians not amused by rebuild funny business

Thursday, 13 August 2015 9:00 a.m. by MediaHerald

New Zealand, it is said, is one of the least corrupt places in the world. Why, even our bribes to Saudi Arabian businessmen can hardly be called anything but "using a number 8 wire mentality to navigate the complexity of the business...

Cantabrians not amused by rebuild funny business

Cantabrians not amused by rebuild funny business

Thursday, 13 August 2015 9:00 a.m. by MediaHerald

New Zealand, it is said, is one of the least corrupt places in the world. Why, even our bribes to Saudi Arabian businessmen can hardly be called anything but "using a number 8 wire mentality to navigate the complexity of the business...

Gerry Brownlee targets cowboy builders after EQC foundation review

Gerry Brownlee targets 'cowboy' builders after EQC foundation review

Wednesday, 12 August 2015 9:17 p.m. by MediaThePress

Construction "cowboys" who did shoddy repairs for the Earthquake Commission (EQC) will have to pay for their mistakes, Gerry Brownlee says.

Whittle Knight & Boatwood Ltd

Whittle Knight & Boatwood Ltd

Wednesday, 12 August 2015 7:58 p.m. by wkbco2015

Whittle Knight & Boatwood Ltd is among theleading property management and .Our goal is to provide services that fit the requirements of residential and commercial property owners, buyers and investors. We are based in Upper Riccarton, but we serve all main Christchurch suburbs, so you don’t have to go far to find agents who can give you what you need.

Fulton Hogan investigated over safety concerns

Fulton Hogan investigated over safety concerns

Wednesday, 12 August 2015 7:51 p.m. by MediaThePress

Complaints over Fulton Hogan's workplace safety are being investigated.

MBIE – A Seismic Slight of Hand and at Worst Fraud?

MBIE – A Seismic Slight of Hand and at Worst Fraud?

Wednesday, 12 August 2015 6:00 p.m. by ChristchurchFiasco Popular

And it’s happening right under your nose. For me, throughout the post-earthquake phase, probably the most critical and cynical practice that I have witnessed taking place right across the city during the course of the settlement of insurance claims, is …

Positive signs of wellbeing recovery continue

Positive signs of wellbeing recovery continue

Wednesday, 12 August 2015 10:54 a.m. by GovtCera

Associate Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Nicky Wagner says it is encouraging to see the many signs of progress leading to people's recovery as the fifth anniversary of the September 2010 earthquake approaches.

Positive signs of wellbeing recovery continue

Positive signs of wellbeing recovery continue

Wednesday, 12 August 2015 10:37 a.m. by GovtBeehive

Nicky Wagner | Canterbury Earthquake Recovery

Media coverage about repair quality

Media coverage about repair quality

Wednesday, 12 August 2015 10:17 a.m. by GovtEQC

CHCH SOUP Winter 15

CHCH SOUP Winter 15

Tuesday, 11 August 2015 11:13 p.m. by GapFiller

With an almost full moon shining over The Arcades the Gap Filler and Ministry of Awesome teams were joined by 50 guests to celebrate our first CHCH SOUP.  Seven awesome ideas were pitched for the pot (which reached $700!) making voting very difficult. However, Lorna and Keishana’s Opti-Mum project won. Opti-Mum aims to deliver holistic antenatal courses to empower NZ […]

Strategic Action Points April 2014 – March 2015

Strategic Action Points April 2014 – March 2015

Tuesday, 11 August 2015 10:58 p.m. by GapFiller

This pictogram looks back over the past year at our achievements.  Our values are central to all our projects, bringing locals and visitors into the city to engage in recreational, cultural and political activities.

Liquefaction or Putrification?

Liquefaction or Putrification?

Tuesday, 11 August 2015 10:58 p.m. by ChristchurchFiasco

Sometimes things smell and sometimes they really pong – but even when you look you can’t find the source – yet the smell lingers thickly in the air – I’m sure you’ve all had that experience. I really couldn’t go past this one, …

Liquefaction or Putrifaction?

Liquefaction or Putrifaction?

Tuesday, 11 August 2015 10:58 p.m. by ChristchurchFiasco

Sometimes things smell and sometimes they really pong – but even when you look you can’t find the source – yet the smell lingers thickly in the air – I’m sure you’ve all had that experience. I really couldn’t go past this one, …

EQC foundation repair shortcomings revealed

EQC foundation repair shortcomings revealed

Tuesday, 11 August 2015 10:46 p.m. by MediaThePress

The Earthquake Commission (EQC) will review thousands of underfloor repairs after a Government investigation found shortcomings.

Buyer needed to save historic former artists studio and lodge

Buyer needed to save historic former artist's studio and lodge

Tuesday, 11 August 2015 9:45 p.m. by MediaThePress

Canterbury artist Bill Hammond is looking for someone to rescue his old home and studio.

Customer e-newsletter #8

Customer e-newsletter #8

Tuesday, 11 August 2015 9:02 p.m. by SouthernResponse

Click  to view our latest customer e-newsletter, released 11th August 2015.

The ‘Rebuild Black Hole’ – Guest post by Herman Meijburg

The ‘Rebuild Black Hole’ – Guest post by Herman Meijburg

Tuesday, 11 August 2015 2:58 p.m. by ChristchurchFiasco Popular

Figures and comments show that it is not going well in Canterbury, five years after the earthquake sequence began. With the latest figures out from the Insurance Council (3 News, August 10th, 2015) it is time to look at the …

Contractors score best views of Christchurch from citys cranes

Contractors score best views of Christchurch from city's cranes

Tuesday, 11 August 2015 10:39 a.m. by MediaThePress

Workers on Christchurch cranes have the best views of the city, interrupted only by the occasional flock of birds.

350 New Zealanders stranded in Bali

350 New Zealanders stranded in Bali

Tuesday, 11 August 2015 8:50 a.m. by GovtEQC

Cop visit for sending daily emails to insurer

Cop visit for sending daily emails to insurer

Monday, 10 August 2015 8:45 p.m. by MediaThePress

Police have visited the Christchurch home of a staunch insurance industry critic over daily emails sent to his insurer.

Over 110,000 visit Future Christchurch hubs

Over 110,000 visit Future Christchurch hubs

Monday, 10 August 2015 5:11 p.m. by GovtCera

The Future Christchurch Showcase and the mobile Visionarium have set a high standard for community engagement, says Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority Acting Chief Executive John Ombler.

No appeal after Graeme Robinson incompetence claims quashed

No appeal after Graeme Robinson incompetence claims quashed

Monday, 10 August 2015 4:29 p.m. by MediaStuff

The engineer's body will not appeal a decision clearing the actions of top Earthquake Commission staffer Graeme Robinson.

EQC welcomes decision quashing all complaints against engineer

EQC welcomes decision quashing all complaints against engineer

Monday, 10 August 2015 1:40 p.m. by GovtEQC Popular

 

Burwood Resource Recovery Park fire update

Burwood Resource Recovery Park fire update

Monday, 10 August 2015 1:35 p.m. by GovtCCC Popular

Burwood Resource Recovery Park Ltd, in conjunction with Rural Fire Canterbury and Christchurch City Council are currently managing a fire in the Burwood Resource Recovery Park (BRRP). 

Insurers settle record Canterbury claims

Insurers settle record Canterbury claims

Monday, 10 August 2015 12:54 p.m. by InsuranceCouncilNZ Popular

The Insurance Council of New Zealand announced today that private insurers have settled a record number of residential claims in the last quarter since the Canterbury earthquakes in 2010 and 2011.  

 Christchurch up and riding from today with Spark Bikes

Christchurch up and riding from today with Spark Bikes

Monday, 10 August 2015 12:19 p.m. by PRNews Popular

After months of fundraising, meticulous planning and old fashioned hard work, the Christchurch Community Bike Share Scheme, AKA Spark Bikes, finally hit the road today.

Outputs and Outcomes: our vital statistics, April 2014 – March 2015

Outputs and Outcomes: our vital statistics, April 2014 – March 2015

Sunday, 9 August 2015 11:38 p.m. by GapFiller

An overview of all our activities from April 2014 to March 2015.

Future Christchurch hub closes its doors after 70,000 visits

Future Christchurch hub closes its doors after 70,000 visits

Sunday, 9 August 2015 7:47 p.m. by MediaThePress

The Future Christchurch information hub has closed its doors after more than 70,000 visitors.

Another Cathedral Judgment

Another Cathedral Judgment

Sunday, 9 August 2015 2:34 p.m. by GrantShandLawyers

In a judgment 5 August 2015 in Church Property Trustees v Attorney General & Anor [2015] NZHC 1843 the High Court (Dunningham J) discussed the consequences of the breach of trust by the CPT in spending $4.7M of the insurance proceeds for the Cathedral on the cardboard cathedral in Latimer Square.  CPT had recently transferred funds to cover the payment, so there was no need for any orders against it.  The Court decided that the payment for Cathedral contents was not required to be used for t ...

Brooklands: The town the Government couldnt kill

Brooklands: The town the Government couldn't kill

Saturday, 8 August 2015 1:46 p.m. by MediaStuff

When departing Brooklands residents took the street signs as souvenirs, Les Griffiths decided to do something about it.

Retailers vie for top spots in retail precinct

Retailers vie for top spots in retail precinct

Friday, 7 August 2015 7:02 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Retailers are jostling to secure shops in a new retail precinct under construction in central Christchurch.

Squatters and vandals take over Christchurchs Caffe Roma

Squatters and vandals take over Christchurch's Caffe Roma

Friday, 7 August 2015 4:29 p.m. by MediaThePress

Squatters have set up camp in central Christchurch's earthquake-damaged Caffe Roma.

Praise for Community Forum’s input into recovery

Praise for Community Forum’s input into recovery

Friday, 7 August 2015 12:42 p.m. by GovtBeehive Popular

Nicky Wagner | Canterbury Earthquake Recovery